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Summary of the benefits power management and plug and play bring to laptop users


Windows 2000 provides built-in support for several kinds of devices that NT 4.0 ignored such as infrared link protocols, as well as external buses such as Universal Serial Bus (USB) and IEEE 1394 'Firewire'


Manufacturers implement a variety of power-saving states in laptops and call them by a variety of names; some frequently implemented states are outlined in this chart


How Windows 2000 simplifies synchronization both for files and for settings (application preferences, network configuration, desktop layout, etc.)


Screen shot of Windows 2000 Explorer, which lets users select files and folders to make available offline


Windows 2000 Professional introduces a Synchronization Manager utility to control synchronization of files and application data


Data synchronization supports two main uses of laptops--taking shared data on the road, and switching between laptop and desktop


Windows 2000 includes a new service for installing and managing applications, called the Windows Installer (formerly the Microsoft Installer, code-named Darwin)


Factors for deciding whether or not to upgrade to Windows 2000 Professional from Windows 95/98 or Windows NT 4.0


Additional sources of information about Windows 2000 Professional as a laptop operating system